Rainiers Lose Pries To DL

May 13, 2015

Today the Mariners announced they are placing Tacoma starter Jordan Pries on the 7-day disabled list, and are promoting Stephen Landazuri from Double-A Jackson to take his spot.

Pries missed his last start with some mild soreness, and now he has been diagnosed with a mild flexor strain. It is not thought to be serious, although no timetable has been set for his return yet.

Pries went 3-1, 5.67 in six starts and actually had his best outing in his most recent game, May 5 at Salt Lake (seven innings, one earned run, just 80 pitches).

Landazuri, 23, was the opening day starter for Jackson; he was throwing well down there before getting knocked out early in his most recent outing. All told, he made six starts and went 0-2, 4.61.

Landazuri will make his Triple-A debut as the starting pitcher on Friday night against Salt Lake.

RAINIERS ROUND-UP

Yesterday: Jett Bandy continued his torrid streak for Salt Lake, homering twice including the go-ahead three-run blast in the eighth inning as the Bees beat Tacoma, 4-3. Sam Gaviglio had a strong start for Tacoma and left with a 2-1 lead, but the bullpen couldn’t hold on.

Today: Salt Lake (13-19) at Tacoma (14-19) 7:05 PM.

Opponent Affiliation: Salt Lake is the LA Angels affiliate.

Season Series: Salt Lake leads, 3-2.

Starting Pitchers: RHP Zach Stewart (1-2, 3.79) at RHP Forrest Snow (1-2, 3.09).

Roster Moves: Jordan Pries (flexor strain) goes to the disabled list, Stephen Landazuri promoted from Double-A. Also the Mariners signed Logan Kensing to a minor league deal – he’s going to extended spring training for now, but he was a PCL All-Star for Tacoma last year. Kensing was released at the end of spring training by the White Sox.

Hot Rainiers: John Hicks hit another homer last night. He has homered in three of the last four games, including back-to-back outings. These are his first three homers of the season.

Look Out For: Catcher Jett Bandy is on a crazy tear over his last five games, going 11-for-18 with three HRs and 14 RBIs.

Broadcast: The pregame show starts at 11:50 (Pacific) on South Sound Sports 850 AM. The broadcast also streams online via the TuneIn app – just click here.

PCL Scoreboard: Follow all Pacific Coast League games in real-time with links to Gameday screens right here.

Links:

  • We start with the Rainiers game story from The News Tribune.
  • The Mariners blasted six homers and ripped the Padres on Tuesday night, 11-4.
  • Bob Dutton’s Mariners Notebook has bad injury news on a number of pitchers, including Hisashi Iwakuma.
  • In the PCL, Jon Singleton hit a three-run homer to help Fresno to a 6-4 win at Albuquerque. Carlos Correa went 1-for-5 in his Triple-A debut.
  • Reno is warming up. The Aces rallied late to beat El Paso, 6-4, and have won six of the last seven games.
  • Las Vegas out-slugged Sacramento, 12-8. Couldn’t find an online report on this, which is strange since the Vegas paper provides daily coverage of the team.
  • Josh Hamilton went 1-for-2 in Round Rock’s 11-1 romp over Omaha.
  • Colorado Springs whacked Memphis, 10-3. Tyler Thornburg had a good start for the Sox.
  • New Orleans shut out Oklahoma City, 5-0. Justin Nicolino tossed six innings and is now 3-0 with a 1.55 ERA.
  • Iowa had to use an emergency fill-in starter and lost to Nashville, 6-3. The Sounds offensive goal is to get on base.
  • It was on this date in 1952 when Ron Necciai struck out 27 batters in an Appalachian League game.

Some Momentum Coming Home

May 11, 2015

The Rainiers got what they were looking for on Monday: a win on getaway day in Fresno, and the right to claim a .500 record on the road trip.

Now the Rainiers return to Cheney Stadium for an eight-game homestand, highlighted by the annual Salute to Armed Forces Night on Saturday.

Salt Lake is in town for the first four games – the Rainiers just split a series with them in Salt Lake City, and then the Bees dropped three-of-four at home to Reno while the Rainiers were in Fresno.

The Bees roster has changed a bit in just four days, adding infielders Efren Navarro and Ryan Jackson, as well as reliever Chad Smith.

After the Salt Lake series, we’ll get our first look at the Las Vegas 51s, who had a 14-game win streak end on Friday.

It should be a fun homestand and we hope to see you at the ballpark!

RAINIERS ROUND-UP

Yesterday: Justin Germano was the only pitcher to shine (on both clubs), allowing just two runs over seven innings in Tacoma’s 9-7 win at Fresno. Stefen Romero and Jesus Montero each had three hits for Tacoma. The Rainiers earned a split of the series and finished the road trip 4-4.

Today: Salt Lake (12-19) at Tacoma (14-18) 6:05 PM.

Opponent Affiliation: Salt Lake is the LA Angels affiliate.

Season Series: Tied, 2-2.

Starting Pitchers: LHP Andrew Heaney (4-0, 4.15) at RHP Sam Gaviglio (2-3, 5.83).

Roster Move: Tacoma transferred pitcher Trey Cochran-Gill back to Class-A Bakersfield. I’m sure we’ll see him for a longer stint down the road.

Hot Rainiers: Stefen Romero enjoyed his last three days in Fresno, going 5-for-11 with two homers. He has 13 RBIs over his last eight games. Jesus Montero has a seven-game hitting streak during which he is 13-for-28. Justin Germano‘s ERA sits at 1.74 after yesterday’s win.

Look Out For: Catcher Jett Bandy went bonkers the last four games, going 8-for-14 with ten RBIs. Marc Krauss has a ten-game hitting streak with 16 hits and 13 RBIs. The Bees also got Efren Navarro back from the Angels three days ago – he’s always a contender for the batting title when he’s in the PCL.

Broadcast: The pregame show starts at 11:50 (Pacific) on South Sound Sports 850 AM. The broadcast also streams online via the TuneIn app – just click here.

PCL Scoreboard: Follow all Pacific Coast League games in real-time with links to Gameday screens right here.

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Early Mistakes Cost Tacoma

May 11, 2015

Tacoma made throwing errors on back-to-back plays in the second inning, leading to three unearned runs on Sunday afternoon. Those runs ended up deciding the game, as Fresno held on for a 3-2 victory over the Rainiers.

It was an unlucky day for Tacoma hitters, who had numerous hard-hit balls turn into outs. In particular, Fresno left fielder L.J. Hoes made a great diving catch of a Jesus Montero drive in the eighth inning, likely saving the tying run from scoring.

It was just that kind of game for Tacoma, which needs a win today to salvage a split of the series and a split of the road trip. The difference between a 4-4 road trip and a 3-5 road trip seems bigger than just one game: when you play .500 ball on the road, you feel pretty good about it.

We have the noon start today, and then the club returns home to face Salt Lake on Tuesday night.

RAINIERS ROUND-UP

Yesterday: Fresno scored three unearned runs in the second inning and hung on for a 3-2 win over Tacoma. Stefen Romero homered for the second straight game.

Today: Tacoma (13-18) at Fresno (16-14) 12:05 PM.

Opponent Affiliation: Fresno is the Houston Astros affiliate.

Season Series: Tacoma leads, 4-3.

Starting Pitchers: RHP Justin Germano (1-1, 1.50) at RHP Dan Straily (2-2, 4.44).

Roster Move: Tacoma added outfielder Leon Landry to the roster prior to Sunday’s game; he had been in extended spring training recovering from an illness. A speedy outfielder, Landry spent the last two seasons with Double-A Jackson. He hit .280 with 25 stolen bases last year.

Hot Rainiers: Stefen Romero has homered in consecutive games, and he has hit four of his six home runs this season against Fresno. Both Ketel Marte (15 games) and James Jones (14 games) saw their lengthy hitting streaks end on Sunday.

Look Out For: Fresno’s Alex Presley is 7-for-12 in this series.

Broadcast: The pregame show starts at 11:50 (Pacific) on South Sound Sports 850 AM. The broadcast also streams online via the TuneIn app – just click here.

PCL Scoreboard: Follow all Pacific Coast League games in real-time with links to Gameday screens right here.

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Early start today!


Back On Track

May 10, 2015

Everything went right for the Rainiers on Saturday night: Jesus Montero, Stefen Romero, and John Hicks each hit home runs to give Mike Montgomery an early lead, and the lefty pitched eight innings to get the win in an 8-3 victory at Fresno.

Tacoma ended a little three-game losing streak, and it evened-up the series 1-1. Now we have day games today and Monday to finish up the road trip.

The Rainiers are 3-3 so far on this eight-game road trip, so the chance for a .500-or-better trip is still there.

RAINIERS ROUND-UP

Yesterday: The Rainiers hit three homers and Mike Montgomery tossed another gem as Tacoma ended a three-game losing streak with an 8-3 victory in Fresno.

Today: Tacoma (13-17) at Fresno (15-14) 2:05 PM.

Opponent Affiliation: Fresno is the Houston Astros affiliate.

Season Series: Tacoma leads, 4-2.

Starting Pitchers: RHP Trey Cochrane-Gill (—) at RHP Jake Buchanan (2-1, 5.88).

Cochrane-Gill is up from Class-A Bakersfield to make his Triple-A debut, filling in for Jordan Pries who is skipping a turn in the rotation for precautionary reasons. This is also Cochrane-Gill’s first professional start. He was 2-1, 1.37 in ten relief appearances for Bakersfield. He’s pitched 3.0 or 3.1 innings three different times, so the Rainiers are hoping he can get through at least three innings.

Mom: Happy Mother’s Day!

Injury Update: Franklin Gutierrez is day-to-day after experiencing a hamstring cramp on Friday night.

Hot Rainiers: Once again, both Ketel Marte (15 games) and James Jones (14 games) extended their hitting streaks last night. Marte’s is a new career high, while Jones tied his career best. Marte leads the PCL with 44 hits.

Look Out For: Fresno’s Alex Presley had two more hits last night and is 6-for-8 in this series.

Broadcast: The pregame show starts at 6:50 (Pacific) on South Sound Sports 850 AM. The broadcast also streams online via the TuneIn app – just click here.

PCL Scoreboard: Follow all Pacific Coast League games in real-time with links to Gameday screens right here.

Links:

  • The Rainiers game story from The News Tribune has reaction from John Hicks and Pat Listach.
  • My Minor League Notebook for the paper looks at the Franklin Gutierrez comeback attempt and the Las Vegas win streak.
  • Last night the Oakland A’s threw the ball all over the place and the Mariners said “thank you.
  • Bob Dutton’s Mariners Notebook explains why Tyler Olson never reported to Tacoma, among other things.
  • John McGrath wonders if the Mariners should lighten up. Here are his power rankings.
  • The Mariners have added some salty relief pitchers.
  • Some projected playoff teams are struggling this season, Ryan Divish writes.
  • In the PCL, one day after having a 14-game win streak end Las Vegas pounded El Paso, 11-4. Brooks Conrad hit a grand slam.
  • Albuquerque pitched well in a 3-1 win at Sacramento. Isotpes top prospect Jon Gray is having trouble in the PCL.
  • Reno was rained out in Salt Lake City. The Aces placed ex-Rainiers pitcher Blake Beavan on the disabled list.
  • Brady Shoemaker hit a three-run homer in the first inning as New Orleans coasted to a 5-2 win at Memphis.
  • Round Rock picked up a 1-0 win at Nashville, as Chi Chi Gonzalez earned the win and Rock Shoulders homered. Those are real names.
  • Oklahoma City just keeps winning. The Dodgers shut down Omaha, 6-1.
  • Couldn’t find a report on Colorado Springs’ 3-1 win at Iowa, but apparently former major league reliever Josh Roenicke pitched well in a starting assignment.

“It’s Mother’s Day today out here at Shea, so to all of the mother’s out there, happy birthday!” – Ralph Kiner.


The Tacoma Thieves

May 9, 2015

Fresno took the opening game of the four-game series last night, 4-0, marking the first time Tacoma has been shut out this season.

Not much to discuss there, so let’s talk about something fun: theft!

The Rainiers lead the Pacific Coast League in stolen bases with 41 (including four more last night). Only one team is remotely close to that total: Las Vegas has 35 steals.

The Rainiers are not only stealing often, they are doing so with remarkable efficiency. Tacoma has only been caught stealing 11 times, and their team-wide success rate is 78.8%.

Ketel Marte has been the stolen base leader. He has 11 steals, which ranks second in the PCL. James Jones has seven steals, Pat Kivlehan has six, and Shawn O’Malley five.

At this point, everybody in the league knows the Rainiers are going to try to steal. And so far, nobody has stopped them.

RAINIERS ROUND-UP

Yesterday: The Rainiers were shut out for the first time this season, as Fresno pitcher Brady Rodgers, Richard Rodriguez, and Darrin Downs limited Tacoma to five singles.

Today: Tacoma (12-17) at Fresno (15-13) 7:05 PM.

Opponent Affiliation: Fresno is the Houston Astros affiliate.

Season Series: Tacoma leads, 3-2.

Starting Pitchers: LHP Mike Montgomery (2-2, 3.14) at LHP Tommy Shirley (3-0, 3.26).

Injury Update: Franklin Gutierrez left Friday’s game after legging out an infield single. He was walking gingerly after pushing hard to beat the throw. I should get more information on his status later today.

Hot Rainiers: Both Ketel Marte (14 games) and James Jones (13 games) extended their hitting streaks last night. Marte’s tied a career high, set in 2013 when he was with High Desert.

Look Out For: Fresno’s Alex Presley went 4-for-4 with four singles last night, and he’s 7-for-12 over his last three games.

Broadcast: The pregame show starts at 6:50 (Pacific) on South Sound Sports 850 AM. The broadcast also streams online via the TuneIn app – just click here.

PCL Scoreboard: Follow all Pacific Coast League games in real-time with links to Gameday screens right here.

Links:

  • We’ll lead off with the Rainiers game story from The News Tribune.
  • The Mariners got a much-needed win on Logan Morrison‘s walk-off dinger. Here’s the footage of Nelson Cruz dumping a celebratory can of trash on LoMo’s head.
  • Bob Dutton’s Mariners Notebook is about yesterday’s roster move.
  • The Padres called up former Rainiers outfielder Abraham Almonte to replace the injured Yonder Alonso.
  • In the PCL, the Las Vegas 51s finally lost a game. Their 14-game win streak ended with a 10-6 loss in El Paso. Cody Decker did them in, launching two homers including a grand slam.
  • Reno had one of those score-14-runs-and-hold-on-for-dear-life games in Salt Lake City last night. The Aces saw a 14-5 sixth inning lead turn into a 14-12 victory.
  • Sacramento welcomed Hunter Pence on a rehab assignment and beat Albuquerque, 3-1.
  • Speaking of rehabbers, Josh Hamilton is set to join Round Rock on Sunday. The Express lost to Nashville last night, 8-6, and the Sounds starter Jarrod Parker left with an injury.
  • Iowa shut out Colorado Springs behind the pitching of Donn Roach.
  • Omaha suddenly found itself without any middle infielders in a 2-1 loss to Oklahoma City.
  • New Orleans annihilated Memphis, 13-1, pounding out 20 hits. Former Rainiers catcher Brandon Bantz homered, and ex-Rainiers outfielder Cole Gillespie had four hits.

Many thanks to the Fresno Grizzlies front office for quickly and properly resolving a hotel issue the Rainiers (and everyone else in the PCL) had down here. Thank you Grizzlies!


Scampering Off To Fresno

May 8, 2015

The Rainiers saw exactly how quickly fortunes can change on Thursday in Salt Lake City.

Tacoma had won five of the last six games, getting great pitching, and had pulled within two games of .500.

On Thursday they were to complete a suspended game which was tied 2-2 in the fifth inning – obviously, a winnable game – and then play the regularly scheduled game. Win just one of the two, and Tacoma had its first road series win of the year.

Instead, the Rainiers were blown out in both games. Final scores were 11-4 and 10-3. They were Tacoma’s worst losses since the opening night 11-4 defeat at El Paso.

Fortunately the team gets to bolt out of town, heading to Fresno tonight while claiming a road split at Salt Lake.

Tacoma took three-of-four from Fresno at Cheney last weekend. Let’s see if they can do that again at Fresno’s home ballpark.

RAINIERS ROUND-UP

Yesterday: Gosh, must we rehash it? The Rainiers had their worst day of the year, taking two blowout losses in Salt Lake City. Yuck-o.

Roster Moves: The Mariners activated Tom Wilhelmsen from the disabled list (without sending him on a rehab assignment first, which is unusual) and optioned reliever Dominic Leone to Tacoma. The Rainiers now have 24 men on the roster (down one position player).

Today: Tacoma (12-16) at Fresno (14-13) 7:05 PM.

Opponent Affiliation: Fresno is the Houston Astros affiliate.

Season Series: Tacoma leads, 3-1.

Starting Pitchers: RHP Forrest Snow (1-1, 3.44) at RHP Brady Rodgers (1-2, 8.02).

Rodgers faced the Rainiers on Saturday at Cheney Stadium and Stefen Romero hit two home runs off him. The Rainiers won that game, 5-1. Snow is filling the departed Mike Kickham‘s spot in the rotation.

Hot Rainiers: Infielder Ketel Marte went 5-for-8 over the two games yesterday, extending his hitting streak to 13 games. James Jones has hit safely in all 12 games he has batted in this season. Franklin Gutierrez has reached base via hit or walk in 16 consecutive games; he homered twice on Tuesday night.

Look Out For: Fresno no longer has PCL home run leader Preston Tucker – he was called up by the Astros yesterday. However, first baseman Jon Singleton homered Tuesday and then went deep twice on Wednesday.

Broadcast: The pregame show starts at 6:50 (Pacific) on South Sound Sports 850 AM. The broadcast also streams online via the TuneIn app – just click here.

PCL Scoreboard: Follow all Pacific Coast League games in real-time with links to Gameday screens right here.

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When we checked in to the Fresno motel today, the keys were laid out with everybody’s name written on them – and mine just said “Radio Guy.” That’s a first.


Rain Interrupts Rainiers Run

May 7, 2015

The Rainiers are playing good baseball right now, but the team was stopped by a superior force on Wednesday night: nature.

A steady downpour caused the suspension of last night’s game. It will be resumed today at 3:35 (Pacific), with the score tied 2-2 and Salt Lake coming to the plate in the bottom of the fifth inning.

After the completion of the suspended game, the regularly scheduled game will be played. However, it will be shortened to seven innings due to Minor League Baseball rules.

There is concern about more rain tonight, but as I type this at ten in the morning it’s nothing but beautiful blue skies here in SLC.

Tacoma has won five of its last six games. The Rainiers just need a split of tonight’s games in order to claim a road series win against the Bees. The road trip moves on to Fresno on Friday.

RAINIERS ROUND-UP

Yesterday: Rain got in the way of a good baseball game, which was suspended in the middle of the fifth inning with the score tied, 2-2. Tacoma missed some scoring opportunities against Salt Lake starter Andrew Heaney, who allowed 10 hits but just two runs in five innings.

Roster Moves: None as of right now, but that could change by game time. Tacoma has two open roster spots.

Today: Tacoma (12-14) at Salt Lake (9-16) 3:35 PM (Pacific). Continuation of yesterday’s suspended game, followed by regularly scheduled game which will be shortened to seven innings.

Opponent Affiliation: Salt Lake is the Los Angeles Angels affiliate.

Season Series: Tacoma leads, 2-0

Starting Pitchers: Regularly scheduled game: RHP Sam Gaviglio (2-2, 4.00) at RHP Zach Stewart (1-2, 4.80).

Each team will go to its bullpen when the suspended game resumes.

Hot Rainiers: Infielder Ketel Marte already has two hits in the suspended game, extending his hitting streak to 12 games. James Jones has hit safely in all 11 games he has batted in this season. Franklin Gutierrez has reached base via hit or walk in 15 consecutive games; he homered twice on Tuesday night.

Look Out For: Fresno activated outfielder Roger Kieschnick from the disabled list Tuesday and he went 1-for-4. He missed nine games after fouling a ball off his toe, but he had a ten-game hitting streak at the time of the injury. He homered in the suspended game and is up to a 12-game streak.

Broadcast: The pregame show starts at 3:25 (Pacific) on South Sound Sports 850 AM. The broadcast also streams online via the TuneIn app – just click here.

PCL Scoreboard: Follow all Pacific Coast League games in real-time with links to Gameday screens right here.

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OK, let’s play a game-and-a-half and see if the Rainiers can win two games. I know, that doesn’t add up, but whatever – this is just a weird situation.


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